William Frederick Curtis (1810 – 1882)

Lived at Rose Cottage, Central Hill in 1881

He was born on May 4th 1810 in Wanstead, Essex in England.  He was the son of Timothy Abraham Curtis and Harriet Margaret (Green) Curtis.  He Had five sisters and three brothers. He married Johanna Jacobina de Hubbenet on February 7th 1842 and had one son William Frederick De Hubbenet Curtis.  He died on September 2nd 1882 in Upper Norwood, Surrey.

From his obituary in the Times on September 6th, 1882 it was stated that General William Frederick Curtis, formerly Commandant of the 21st Regiment of Hussars was originally an officer of the Bombay Army.  He entered the Honourable East India Company’s military service of their Bombay Establishment, in 1829, and received a cornet’s commission on the 26 of June, 1830.  He was posted to the First Regiment of Bombay Light Cavalry (Lancers) in 1833, and in 1832-33 served with a field force against the Khosas in Naggur Parkur, as well as the capture of Balmeer.  He attained the ranks of lieutenant in 1834, and in 1835 served against the Bheels in the Mahee Kanta province.  In 1839 he was aide-de-camp to the then Governor of Bombay but resigned that appointment when his regiment the First Light Cavalry were ordered to join the Bombay column of the Army of the Indus taking part in campaigns in Scinde and Afghanistan, including the capture of Kundak, Dadun and Kujjak.  He was promoted to rank of captain in 1848 to 49 and was engaged in the siege and capture of Mooltan.  He received the Punjab medal with clasp for his services.  From 1851 to 1857 he served on the staff as Deputy Judge Advocate-General at Bombay, having achieved rank of major in 1854 and the same rank in his regiment in 1857.  In 1857 he was chosen to organise the Land Transport Corps in Persia.  He took part in the brief campaign in the South of Persia.  For his services he received the rank of lieutenant colonel.  In 1857 he took command of the First Bombay Lancers and served with it in the campaign against mutineers in Central India.  In 1860 he attained the regimental rank of lieutenant-colonel and was in charge of the Twenty First hussars.  He was promoted to major-general in 1876.  In 1881 he became lieutenant-general and then general in the same year.

He lived at Rose Cottage, Central Hill in 1881 at the age of 70 with his sister Sophia Curtis aged 66 who was listed as head of the household and two servants, Mary Jacklin 40 cook and Elizabeth Loveday 20 general servant.



(The Times, 1882)